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Debian GNU/Linux Reference Guide
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Debian Reference
Appendix A - Appendix

A.1 Authors

Debian Reference was initiated by Osamu Aoki as a personal installation memo that was eventually called "Quick Reference ...". Many contents came from the archives of the "debian-user" mailing list. Also "Debian Installation Manual" and "Debian Release Notes" were referenced.

Following a suggestion from Josip Rodin, who is very active with the Debian Documentation Project (DDP) and is the current maintainer of "The Debian FAQ", this document was renamed as "Debian Reference" and was merged with several chapters from the "The Debian FAQ" with reference-like contents. Then "Debian Quick Reference" was formed as an excerpt.

This document has been edited, translated, and expanded by the following QREF team members:

QREF was short for the original document title, "Quick Reference..." and also is the project name at

Many manual pages and info pages on the Debian system were used as the primary references to write this document. To the extent Osamu Aoki considered within the fair quotation stature, many parts of them, especially command definitions, were used as phrase pieces after careful editorial efforts to fit them into the style and the objective of this document.

Most of the contents of Debian fundamentals, Chapter 2 originally came from "The Debian FAQ" (March 2002):

  • 5. The Debian FTP archives: ftparchives.sgml (entire chapter)

  • 6. Basics of the Debian Package Management System: pkg_basics.sgml (entire chapter)

  • 7. The Debian Package Management Tools: pkgtools.sgml (entire chapter)

  • 8. Keeping Your Debian System Up To Date: uptodate.sgml (entire chapter)

  • 9. Debian and the kernel: kernel.sgml (entire chapter)

  • 10. Customizing your installation of Debian GNU/Linux: customizing.sgml (part of chapter)

These sections of "The Debian FAQ" were included in this document after major reorganization to reflect changes in the Debian system. Both documents are updated concurrently now.

The original "Debian FAQ" was made and maintained by J. H. M. Dassen (Ray) and Chuck Stickelman. Authors of the rewritten "Debian FAQ" are Susan G. Kleinmann and Sven Rudolph. After them, "The Debian FAQ" was maintained by Santiago Vila. The current maintainer is Josip Rodin.

Parts of the information for "The Debian FAQ" came from:

Some parts of "Tutorial" section were derived from

  • "Debian Tutorial" by Havoc Pennington, Oliver Elphick, Ole Tetlie, James Treacy, Craig Sawyer, and Ivan E. Moore II. (This document was derived from "Linux User's Guide" by Larry Greenfield.)

  • "Debian GNU/Linux: Guide to Installation and Usage" by John Goerzen and Ossama Othman.

The authors would like to thank all those who helped make this document possible.

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